AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 5 (May)

Pathology and Laboratory: Cytopathology [Q & A] (May 2011)

May 2011 page 10b Pathology and Laboratory: Cytopathology Question: Can code 88141, Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), requiring interpretation by physician, and code 88175, Cytopathology, cervical or vaginal (any reporting system), collected in preservative fluid, automated thin layer preparation; with screening by automated system and manual rescreening or review, under physician supervision, be performed and reported by the same pathologist on the same slide on the same date of service? Answer: Yes. When reporting Pap smear procedures, the code that describes the specific cytopathology method(s) used should be chosen. When additional services are provided, code 88141 is...

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